King Wenceslas: The Rude Wind's Wild Lament. Acryla gouache & watercolor. 14.5" x 10.5".
A belated Christmas piece for one of my favorite carols. Wenceslas I, Duke of Bohemia, and his page, Podevin. He was made a king posthumously because of his heroism and kindness to the poor.
This is my latest experiment in acryla gouache. I feel like I'm still muddling around, trying to learn how opaque paint behaves. The paint in my last pieces in acryla gouache felt very thick and clumsy, Dark Angel especially. Another "problem" with the medium is that a very limited variety of colors are available. I own many more watercolors in the earthy tints I love.
For this piece, I decided to do a watercolor underpainting to establish the colors and values as far as I could before switching to acryla gouache. I'm very satisfied with the results, though it wasn't until I was nearly finished that I got frustrated with my stubby 00 brush and went out to buy some decent brushes.
On the right, stubby brush. On the left, my two wonderful new liner brushes.